Historic post season journey ends for TexAnns

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Katie Covell makes a dig for the TexAnns, who were in the regional semifinals for the first time since joining the NCAA. || Photo courtesy NATHAN BURAL/Tarleton

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(November 22, 2014) — Tarleton State’s best volleyball season since joining the NCAA reached its end Saturday evening when the TexAnns were eliminated in four sets by Arkansas-Fort Smith in the semifinal round of the South Central Region Championship in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Sixth-seeded Tarleton (24-8) won the opening set a day after upsetting No. 3 seed Metro State in straight sets. But No. 7 Arkansas-Fort Smith (27-4) answered by taking the second 25-20, then advanced to the regional final by winning the third and fourth, 25-19 and 25-21.

Tarleton freshman standout Hailey Roberts matched Fort Smith’s Katarina Krstonosic with a match best 17 kills, but UAFS had two others in double figures – Michelle Walker with 16 and Jessica Anderson 11 – while Tarleton had none. Roberts also had six digs, five block assists and two service aces for the TexAnns, who were in the regional for the first time a week after winning their first-ever Lone Star Conference Championship title.

Fort Smith had a .289 hitting percentage to Tarleton’s .171, and 61 kills to 50.

Bailey Katzfey had 48 assists and 15 digs for Fort Smith, which meets West Texas A&M or Colorado Mesa in Sunday’s regional final.

Jasmyne Brown had eight blocks and seven kills for Tarleton. Kelsey Raglin had eight kills, Kaitlyn White seven and Ashley Rine six. Katie Covell made 16 digs while Emily Medlin and Chandler Gow had 22 assists and 21, respectively.

The match ended the careers of Tarleton seniors Rine, White, Brown and Covell. LSC Freshman of the Year Hailey Roberts and LSC Defensive Player of the Year Kenya Alexander, a junior, are among the 12 letter winners who will return next season.

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